A few months back I was so sick I had to go see the doctor. That alone indicates the condition was rather serious. My condition progressed to the point where the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage told me to go to the doctor or else.
Since I do not have health insurance, every time I go to the doctor it comes out of my own pocket. The result of my visit to the doctors was that I had double pneumonia and bronchitis. Simply put, I was sick. He gave me a prescription to fill and then said I should spend at least the next two weeks in bed resting.
I was in such a state of mind that it sounded like a good idea to me. Of course, I made him write it out as a prescription so I could show it to my wife so she would believe me that I'm in bed because I'm sick not because I'm trying to avoid my chores.
The first couple of days I spent in bed hardly conscious of anything around me. By the beginning of the second week, I was strong enough to get out of bed. It was not long before I could actually put on the bathrobe, go out into the living room, sit down in my easy chair and watch TV.
I have never watched as much TV as I did during those several weeks of recuperation. I watched it for about two weeks. During this time I was too sick to read.
I would set a program and leaned back and within two winks of my left eye I was sound asleep. After a few days of this, I was able to stay in the conscious world a little bit longer and consequently I was watching TV a little bit longer. The thing I found about TV is that it is dominated by chatterboxes. My ears were beginning to have its fill of chatter.
The TV world has been taken over by a hostile terrorist group known as talk shows. The airwaves are filled with news talk shows, celebrity talk shows, cooking talk shows, sports talk shows, religious talk shows, talk shows of every variety you could think of and some you would not even think of. When I say variety, I am referring to the title of the talk show. Once you get beyond the title, everything is the same. When I got to the place that I could read without my eyes watering too much, I read what the Bible has to say on the subject. "And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you" (1 Thessalonians 4:11 KJV).
I have come to a somber conclusion; more people talk than listen, which is why the world is in the state it is in. I call it the Yakety-Yak syndrome of which there is no known cure.